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Susan Saleeby - 2008-07-12
Hello Bird People:

You may remember me from some time ago. I had Jammy, a green-naped
Rainbow Lorikeet. He flew into a party some twenty odd years ago, where
I was singing for a wedding at a country club in New Jersey. We tried and tried to find the owner, going so far as to place an ad in the local paper; however, we
could not locate the owner, and the rest is history. Jammy, as we called him
since he seemed to be "jammin" at the party, remained with us for twenty some
years until he went to heaven about two years ago.

Right now, as I am typing this e-mail, I look at my mousepad which has a
beautiful picture of Jammy on it. We shall always keep this very special
gift from the Lord in our hearts; Jammy will always be with us. It has
been two years, and the tears well up in my eyes as I type this to you.

Nothing will ever take Jammy's place, and I have not looked for that in my two
new birdies. Peaches, our White-Bellied Caique was purchased to fill the
void of noise in the form of a whistle, which we missed so much in Jammy.
Peaches is a very adorable little Caique, and we love her very much.
I tell her that she is presently "renting" Jammy's home while we look for
a replacement.

Ben is a Solomon Island Eclectus parrot which we purchased some eight months
ago. Ben is very sweet and calm, and he is also not mean't to take Jammy's
place; however, I think Jammy would approve of this little critter.

I think what I am trying to say is that absolutely nothing can bring Jammy
back to us which is why I did not purchase a Lorikeet. Jammy was and will
always be special in our hearts. I believe that is the only way a
bird owner can and should go forward with life. I pray for Jammy every
evening; it makes me feel close to his memory. Jammy will always be very
close in my heart. I know some of you out there are in the same position,
and this, as I perceive it, is the only way we can continue on life's
path. I think many situations in life should be perceived in that manner.

I wish to say may the Lord bless all of you and your birdies and keep
up your very good work. Remember these creatures are extremely intelligent,
much more than they receive credit for in life.

Well, I feel much better for writing this to you; I hope this did not bore
you. It was so comforting for me to express myself in this way.

God Bless You All.
Susan and
the "Zoo Crew

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  • kathy - 2012-04-25
    Thanks for your beautiful tribute to Jammy. I have looked and looked for a bird and finally decided on a Lorikeep-the rainbow one. I was a bit put off with the 'messy' tag they are given. Did you find the mess hard to deal with? Thanks for any information you can give me.
    God Bless You, too,
  • Joe Chenault - 2014-02-15
    Hell0 susan. My name is joe and i am coming to you from millersport,ohio,outside of columbus. I found your entry sort of by accident. After i read it i felt compelled to reply. Im going through now what you went through. Tango,my rainbow lory passed away unexpectedly january 3rd. He was only 6 and a half years old. I miss him terribly. He wasnt a pet. He was my baby and my best little buddy. In my 46 years,he was the best thing that ever happened to me. I guess im writing to you because i know you will understand how i feel. When i was reading about jammy i was tearing up because i felt your pain. My friends and family arent helpful. They dont understand how i could feel so deeply about a bird. Tango was more than just a bird. I never knew i had the capacity to love or care about something as much as i loved and cared about tango. Like you mentioned,the silence now is torturous and i am am so lonely without him. Just like jammy,tango cant be replaced but i definitely want to get another lory,not to replace tango but to carry on his legacy so to speak. Because of my financial situation it will seem like an eternity before i can. Maybe i could become a wedding singer and get one for free. I think that is so neat how jammy came into your life and made such an impact for those 20 plus years. Im sure you will agree,that was destiny. I write this to you with warm blessings. Joe.
jacob lee - 2008-05-17
I was wondering if you can tell me how to handle a rainbow lorikeet. (EDITOR'S NOTE: There are care sheets for a variety of birds on Animal-World. A good one with handling information for parrots of this size is "About Conures". See it here:

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-10
    There are care sheets for a variety of birds on Animal-World. A good one with handling information for parrots of this size is "About Conures". See it here:
Susan Saleeby - 2008-07-12
Hi Folks:

I won't keep you; I know there is much to do maintaining your birdies
regarding their feeding, cleaning, and much more.

Today I submitted an article regarding my beautiful Green-Naped, Rainbow
Lorikeet, Jammy who passed into heaven several years ago.

As you may remember, Jammy was found at a country club, and despite our
efforts, nobody claimed him. We had him for over 20 wonderful years.

In my article today, I failed to add one extra comment pertaining to
Jammy. Approximately one month prior to our finding Jammy while driving in the car with my
husband, I told him that I wanted another birdy; however, I just could
not make up my mind regarding the breed. I did know, however, that I wanted
this birdy to be most colorful, and that I wished our Lord would just
send me a birdy to fit my description. Yes, the Lord must have sent
Jammy to us. Jam was so beautiful, colorful, and loving.

I guess they mean it when said, "sometimes the Lord works in mysterious

Well, I won't bother you anymore. I hope my story interested some of

p. moler - 2008-08-16
We have a 1.6 year old Rainbow Lori (Kiwi)and what hoot she is. Fearless and loves her "birdie" bunge cord and a paper napkin. Bath time is non-stop fun. The squeaks and peeps are so sweet. Wish I could have that much fun. Was able to teach her to stay and play on her stand. Smart little bird. Says a few words but a terrific mimic. Fell in love with Rainbows when where we were on an extended trip to Sydney, they would sit on the kitchen window and get fruit. After a few days my two "quests" would eat my (their) fruit off the kitchen counter. Wild birds who love human company.

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  • Carol - 2010-08-22
    I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada. I have a green naped lory named Nikki and she is two yrs. old. She is sweet and affectionate and she talks. I love her to pieces. She and my chocolate lab, Gracie get along very well. She is the sweetest bird I have ever owned!
  • Carol from Toronto. - 2010-09-15
    I have a 2 1/2 yr. old lory (green naped) named Nikki. She is one of the joys of my life! She is tame and sweet and she talks. She loves to have her tummy tickled and kissed. My dog Gracie (chocolate lab, 1yr. and a half) get along famously! Nikki is so beautiful I always carry my bragging picture with me to show people my beautiful parrot! She is the sweetest and most beautiful bird I have ever owned and I adore her!
nika - 2010-01-13
Hi! I had 2 canaries who lived outside. Can a Green-naped rainbow lorikeet live outside, and are they just as irretating as African Grey's???

Joan Quinn - 2009-07-17
Yes, these little birds are gifts from God for us to cherish and take care of. Last month I was watering the plants out front when a beautiful little lovebird landed right on my head. I have been wanting some kind of bird (either finches or a canary for years) but my husband said our 4 dogs would go crazy and we have enough animals. It is a miracle to me that this has happened, as my 4 dogs are older now and pay no mind to the birds. I was laid off last year so I am home and able to spend time with my birds. Since the Lovebird landed on my head, I have gotten a singing canary and a beautiful tame cockatiel. I named the Lovebird "Penny" after the old song, "Pennies From Heaven". I truly believe that she was a gift from God. I never would have gotten any of the birds, if it hadn't been for Penny landing right on my head. My husband has been great and says I can have more than one bird because he sees how much joy they bring me. I absolutely love them! I wish I would have known how much love and joy they could have brought me (4 dogs ago!)
Please do not be sad over the loss of your bird, but instead rejoice in the miracle of your relationship with him and those fond memories will stay with you forever. This is just one more testament that God does exist! He has provided to us what we have asked of him!
Signed - One Grateful Bird Lover - Joan Quinn

Susan Saleeby - 2008-02-09

You might remember me and my beautiful Green-Naped Rainbow Lory, Jammy. We lost him about l l/2 years ago, and he still remains in my heart. He was so beautiful;
nothing could take his place. You may remember that some time after Jammy's passing, I purchased a White-Bellied Caique. I just needed some whistling and action in our very quiet house. Well, Peaches is a "handful"; however she can whistle and keep the house in turmoil, that is for sure.

Several months ago, I purchased a baby, male Eclectus.
He is beautiful, quiet, and very interesting.

Of course, nothing could ever take Jammy's place;
I pray for him every evening. Jammy was 20+ years
old. We found him at a gig on the patio of a
country club. He was drinking a Manhatten and was
perched on a man's arm. My husband told me to take
the birdie home. I had a clean cage ready for
Jammy. I took my bird encyclopedia with me to the
next gig that day in New York. I was able to
identify Jammy; that was important. Jammy required
a special diet. We loved him so much. There
can NEVER be another Jammy.


Melanie Rose - 2007-11-28
I have had 3 rainbow lorikeets and they are packed full of personality and character. Now I have only one lorikeet - Ashling, a hand reared, quirky no-fear little bird who is my joy in life. She is with me whenever I'm home and often when I'm out. She is only a few months old and has learned to shake hands, wave, flap wings on command, jump to my hand, step up, roll over and say hello! We snuggle at bedtime and in the mornings and she preens my face by nibbling gently at anything she can reach! Besides my dog Flea she is the best pet I have ever had and I couldn't imagine life without her. She and Flea get along really well. Flea is a border collie cross heeler- 30 kilos in all- and he and Ashling play together. Ash is about the size of Flea's muzzle! Flea nudges Ash so she rolls on her back and grabs at his nose with her feet and beak. They play for ages and it is so perculiar to watch! I can understand why lorikeets aren't for everyone! They are incredibly noisy and the only thing that shuts them up is distraction or putting a sheet over the cage. There's also the mess, but it's quite easy to clean if it isn't left for too long. The positives of owning a lorikeet far out shine the negatives as they are so loving and playful!

LEA DEANS - 2007-11-04
I happened to be in a bird store and noticed a bird in the corner of his little pen just sitting and screaming. He was also covered with bird food. At first I really didn't pay him any attention, though later in the week I went back and noticed that the bird was cleaned up and had these beautiful colors. I was wondering why he just stood in the corner crying, as I call it. They stated that he was a baby and they were working with him. So I talked to my boyfriend about him because the bird looked depressed to me, and I go threw depression as well. We went and tried to hold him and he screamed, but the next day he let me hold him even though he tried to bite. I was truly in love. When we decided to get him I found out that he was a Rainbow Lori. He sat on my hand and we walked through the store, and I bought him. I had the name Rainbow already picked out for him. We purchased everything he would like and a beautiful cage. Since he has been here I have pulled out of most of my depression. He plays now all the time, no crying. I hold him from time to time because he is still a little nervous. He is my heart, I love him to death. He has brought me so much joy, and I believe that we have done the same for him. I also found out that he just turned 4 months, so we are working with him everyday little by little and we are extremely pleased that Rainbow and I have both pulled out of depression.

danny romero - 2007-10-08
I must agree with everyones comments on the green naped lories, I have one and his name is "Chi Chi" and he is amazing. While at my twin sons last day of school last year this beautiful animal dropped from a tree branch onto my shoulder and told me HELLO! I was scared at first but he just rubbed his head up and down my face and asked me "what ya doing" which he says to everyone now. We put ads in the paper and made several attempts to find his previous owners but after three months nobody has claimed him so hes part of the family now. He has a brand new cage i just finished which gives him plenty of room to play with all his toys. My children, all five of them have been handling him and he has settled in really well. I plan on getting a few more of these beautiful animals but i need to find a good breeder around Louisiana.


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